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30 English words that are rarely known to most people.

Every language has a list of rarely used words that very few people know. They are not commonly known because they are rarely needed. Why bother learning something that you will not use..right? But for us, language nerds, that's what gives meaning to our lives. Tracking down words and what they mean satisfies a curiosity that sits deep within us, whatever they mean. I wrote this article to satisfy that curiosity. So I brought to you 30 words that exist in English that you and other people probably don't know. Don't forget to share your favorite. 


Someone having little to no money.


Your tiny toe or finger. 


Finding something good without looking for it. 


Unrealistically optimistic.


The triangular pink areas at the corner of your eyes.


A person who never laughs.


One who loves or one who is loved.


Having large, round, succulent buttocks.


The state of being infatuated with someone.




Dressed in black.


steal someone's iPhone.


Something that lives on rocks.


Spiritual transformation.





The feeling familiar is being encountered for the first time




 Bad idea.








The state of finding it extremely difficult to get out of bed in the morning.




The dot over an “i” or a “j”.








The irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze something cute.


 Nonsense or balderdash.


Someone who is full of false kind of courage that masks a hidden fear.


  1. Hello, I have found your entry "Gigil" under a list of foreign words (Tagalog) that have no English equivalent, but it's on this list...?

  2. Oooh, I know some of those! Bravado, surely, is familiar to many? And febrile, quixotic, and serendipity as well? ALL should be in daily usage in this Trumpian age! But thanks for caruncle! I've got this weird errant eyelash that grows there. NOW I can explain where it is! But if there isn't a word for it, then Wittgenstein must certainly still be correct: "That whereof we cannot speak, thereof we must remain silent." Or maybe make up a new word and shout it from the rooftop?!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I thought it's déjà-vu, not jamais-vu.

    1. Hey there, deja vu is the opposite of jamais vu.


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